Evil Dead Rise is an upcoming horror film written and directed by Lee Cronin, and will be the fifth film of the Evil Dead franchise overall.
The film was initially teased by Sam Raimi while promoting The Grudge in early 2020, stating that himself, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell were working with a "young filmmaker" (refraining from revealing the name) who was writing and directing the next Evil Dead project. It would not be until June 8th, 2020 that Bruce Campbell would reveal the writer/director of the film (Lee Cronin) and the film's working title of Evil Dead Now while giving an interview with Empire magazine. Campbell revealed that his character of Ash Williams would be absent from the film, and that it's story would be completely stand alone and not connected to the original trilogy, Ash vs Evil Dead, or the 2013 film directed by Fede Alvarez.
In an interview with Diabolique magazine released on June 23rd, 2020, Bruce Campbell revealed that following a new draft of the script, the film had been re-titled to Evil Dead Rise, and hoped it would be in production by 2021. Campbell also stated that the film would not take place in a cabin like the previous films. The film's setting was later officially revealed by Campbell during a Q&A in September, 2020, where he specified that it would be set in a city. This information regarding the setting had already been circulating online as a rumor for several weeks prior.
On October 22nd, 2020, Campbell was interviewed by AL.com and divulged several tidbits about the film: Rise was going to feature a female protagonist (much like Mia Allen the 2013 film), who is trying to save her family from the forces of evil, and the Necronomicon will also be featured. During an interview with The Pasadena Star on January 18th, 2021, Campbell revealed that New Line, a division of Warner Bros., had signed on to distribute Rise (New Line had previously distributed the original 1981 Evil Dead film during its initial release).
On May 26th, 2021, it was announced the film would debut exclusively on HBO Max (a streaming service operated by Warner Bros. and it's various divisions, including New Line) in the United States, and on StudioCanal's Canal Plus service in the United Kingdom. Two cast members, as well as a short synopsis, were also announced: Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan portray the lead characters, two estranged sisters who are forced to battle against legions of Deadites when they begin to appear in a city. On June 6th, Cronin announced via Twitter that filming had begun on Evil Dead Rise. On June 16th, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies and Nell Fisher had joined the cast.
- Bruce Campbell Reveals New Evil Dead Plans With Director Lee Cronin from Empire Online (Archive version)
- Sam Raimi Reddit AMAPromoting The Grudge 2020 (Archive version)
- The Cool Side of My Pillow Interview: A Trip Inside the Mind of Bruce Campbell from Diabolique Magazine (Archive version)
- Bruce Campbell: Would He Be Open To Cameo In Evil Dead Rise? from 1428 Elm (Archive version)
- Bruce Campbell talks "Evil Dead", "Spider-Man", "Xena" from AL.com (Archive version)
- How to watch "The Evil Dead" live with leading man Bruce Campbell from Pasadena Star News (Archive version)
- Evil Dead Rise: HBO Max and casting announcement from Variety (Archive version)
- Echols, Davies, and Fisher casting announcement from Hollywood Reporter